20 years Ago: Peter Dumbreck’s Huge Crash at Le Mans

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Watch as racer Peter Dumbreck escapes uninjured from a wild crash during Le Mans.  Dumbrecks No. 5 Mercedes take off into a series of back flips and landing outside the barricades while going 190 mph.

The crash was believed to be caused by an aerodynamic design flaw resulting in the front of the car rising up and then flipping without any external contact; driver Mark Webber had previously suffered near identical crashes in the No. 4 car during the Thursday night practice and the Saturday morning Warm-up. The remaining No. 6 car was retired immediately, and the team withdrew from all other planned entries in endurance racing and the American Le Mans Series.

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